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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with...
Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
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  • 176
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 19
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great cocktails and sunset view

Dinner with friends...the pre- meal cocktails at the bar were delicious and the bartender was engaging. Views of the sunset were stellar. Dinner was mixed. I loved mine (catch of the day) but my friends were underwhelmed by theirs (shrimp/mussel linguine...though leftovers with some added cheese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
pixelyn
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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355 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Visited here for a Mother's Day Brunch because we were told it was also offering the lunch menu as a choice. They only offered a brunch buffet, no alternate menu. Buffet didn't have many choices left...maybe because the staff was helping themselves to the buffet instead of letting the restaurant patrons!!! This is the second time I have been there,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We made a last minute reservation at Aqua after leaving another restaurant. The staff was welcoming and very friendly! They offered us a table outside and even took the time to walk us out there to see if that was where we wanted to sit. The view was beautiful! Our waiter was friendly and offered recommendations on the menu. The... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My wife and I took our 2 dogs with us to lunch this afternoon. They were so accommodating of our fur babies and even brought out a bowl of water for them. The service was flawless. Brandon even helped us with finding another restaurant in the OBX area that we could take our dogs to before the end of the... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Dinner with friends...the pre- meal cocktails at the bar were delicious and the bartender was engaging. Views of the sunset were stellar. Dinner was mixed. I loved mine (catch of the day) but my friends were underwhelmed by theirs (shrimp/mussel linguine...though leftovers with some added cheese met with happier reviews).

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columbus, ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We made an online reservation requesting a window seat for sunset. While we were seated on time, we were walked right past an open table near the window. I don't know if it's because we are younger (30's) but we were all dressed nicely. Food was good, shecrab and corn chowder was great, but I don't know if I would... More 

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Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

In restaurants such as this, you pay for a lot of frou-frou such as "reductions," and specialized touches. My friend had duck, which was covered with a fat layer and very rare, even after being returned for a zapping. My crab cakes over a black-eyed peas concoction were very good. For two, with one margarita, our meals with tip came... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Had appetizers - they were great! Restaurant's right by the water. A great way to end the boardwalk.

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We stopped for a drink after a delightful walk on the Duck Boardwalk, which starts at Aqua S and meanders north along the sound for .8 miles. Jennifer was our bar tender and is an expert mixologist. She made a pear-tini for me which was light and very refreshing - I loved it and could easily have spent several hours... More 

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Bristow, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Don't go here if you're on a budget. My family of four (the 2 kids shared a kids pasta meal which was quite substantial) had an appetizer, one entree, a salad and a dessert for $90+ including tip. The Mahi Mahi was VERY good, the waiter was on top of our drinks and service, no one glared at us when... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Delicious food & superb service. The Happy Hour is incomparable in terms of value: fish tacos for $8.95 & mussels for $7.95, plus special $5 drinks, including a Flu Shot, which includes Blood Orange. They even made me a "Virgin" Flu Shot, which is delicious (I take 2 sips of any alcohol, & I'm sick & miserable). One of their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine

Description

Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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